Each year, one individual NCAA College Football player stands out from the rest of the pact and is awarded with the most prestigious individual award of them all—the Heisman Trophy.
As we march closer and closer to August, it’s time we start pondering who has the potential and capability to take home the honor this year even though none of these players have played a game yet for the 2018-2019 season.
However, what we can do is take a look back at last years top players and project how they might do in a new college football landscape. Plenty of changes occur from year to year in college football with talent going on to pursue their NFL dreams and aspirations, thus opening the door for new, ripe talent to step in and take the country by storm.
Below are the odds for who will win the Heisman Trophy, according to Sportsbook.ag.
We will assess a few of the contenders and make a final prediction, too.
Let’s take a look.
Bryce Love (Stanford) +500
Coming off a monstrous junior season with the Cardinal, Love went over 2100 rushing yards on just 263 attempts, averaging 8.1 yards per carry. The one knock on Love, though, is his lack of production in the receiving game where he’s had just 29 receptions over three seasons.
However, Stanford’s quarterback situation is a bit up in the air and you know coach David Shaw is going to run the heck out of Love.
Love has relatively low total carry numbers over three seasons, so he should be ready to roll to take the top spot. Right now he has the top odds to take home the award and he’ll have games against Washington and a national stage against Notre Dame to show off what he can do.
Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin) +800
Similar to Love, Taylor absolutely owns the Big Ten and has even broken records set by Adrian Peterson. He’s a headache for opposing defensive coordinators, too.
If the Heisman race boils down to Taylor and Love, it’s going to be all about who can do more with less. Wisconsin has more “bigger games” than Stanford and Taylor has an entire starting offensive line returning to help him, too.
Taylor is absolutely deserving of the second-highest odds.
Will Grier (West Virginia) +2200
I’ll spoil this right here and say that Grier is my pick.
Perhaps the biggest knock on Grier, though, is that West Virginia who probably won’t sniff a National Championship in 2018. With that said, Grier lit it up a season ago throwing for nearly 3500 yards and 34 touchdowns.
In the Big 12, Mason Rudolph and Baker Mayfield are gone, so the spotlight will shine ever so brightly on the former Florida Gator. With David Sills V still around and a coach like Dana Holgorsen on his side, Grier will have plenty of opportunities to rack up statistics and sling the ball around.
If he can lead them to a solid position in the end of the year rankings, at least expect a New York City invite for Grier. He has all the tools to make it happen and odds at +2200 that make it tempting to lay some cash down on him in hopes of a solid return.
Prediction: Will Grier wins 2018 Heisman Trophy
HEISMAN TROPHY ODDS:
Bryce Love (Stanford) 5/1
Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin) 8/1
Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) 10/1
Justin Herbert (Oregon) 15/1
Khalil Tate (Arizona) 15/1
Trevor Lawrence (Clemson) 15/1
Dwayne Haskins (Ohio St) 16/1
Jake Fromm (Georgia) 18/1
Trace McSorley (Penn St) 18/1
Damien Harris (Alabama) 20/1
Jake Browning (Washington) 20/1
Kyler Murray (Oklahoma) 20/1
Shea Patterson (Michigan) 20/1
DAndre Swift (Georgia) 22/1
JK Dobbins (Ohio St) 22/1
Jarrett Stidham (Auburn) 22/1
Will Grier (West Virginia) 22/1
Kelly Bryant (Clemson) 25/1
Drew Lock (Missouri) 28/1
Cam Akers (Florida St) 30/1
Deondre Francois (Florida St) 30/1
Rodney Anderson (Oklahoma) 35/1
AJ Dillon (Boston College) 50/1
Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi St) 60/1
Sam Ehlinger (Texas) 60/1
Travis Etienne (Clemson) 60/1
Ed Oliver (Houston) 70/1
Brandon Wimbush (Notre Dame) 80/1
JD Spielman (Nebraska) 80/1
McKenzie Milton (UCF) 80/1
Miles Gaskin (Washington) 80/1
David Sills (West Virginia) 100/1
Dexter Lawrence (Clemson) 100/1
JT Daniels (USC) 100/1
Jake Bentle (South Carolina) 100/1
Justice Hill (Oklahoma St) 100/1
Nick Bosa (Ohio St) 100/1
Ryan Finley (NC State) 100/1
Stephen Carr (USC) 100/1